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A pro­posed air­field and in­dus­trial park on Kent Is­land opened the Tues­day meet­ing of the county com­mis­sion­ers as W.A. Hardy, chair­man of the County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, ac­com­pa­nied by Pa­trick Dug­gan of the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion pre­sented rec­om­men­da­tions re­sult­ing from the re­cent fea­si­bil­ity study.

Nathan Mor­ris, owner of Kent­morr Air­park and Marina on Kent Is­land ... of­fered to do­nate the county’s share of the cost of 70 acres of land on Route 8 just south of Route 301 at the east­ern end of the Bay bridge.

The sur­vey in­di­cates that Cas­tle Marina’s airstrip and Car­roll’s Air­port in Do­min­ion are also pos­si­ble sites if re­zon­ing and con­struc­tion data can be com­piled.

••• Two barns, a church, a house and a tree were struck by light­ning in a re­cent elec­tri­cal and rain­storm that stopped and skipped around Queen Anne’s County late Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The first ter­rific light­ning bolt to hit in the area struck the steeple of the Cal­vary-As­bury Methodist Church, just 100 yards from the fire­house in Sudlersville, with a sound like an ex­plod­ing can­non.

A small barn on the farm of Don­ald Foster on Route 300 near Dud­ley’s Cor­ner burned to the ground when light­ning struck the build­ing. A tree was struck on Route 19 at Roberts about 5:15 p.m.

• • • On Tues­day the county com­mis­sion­ers met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Rum­mel, Klep­per and Kahl, con­sult­ing en­gi­neers of Baltimore, to dis­cuss the firm’s wish to pre­pare a com­pre­hen­sive plumb­ing and sewer plan for this county.

The need for a coun­ty­wide plan has arisen in or­der to make [Sudlersville and Queen­stown] el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for state and fed­eral funds.

The study would in­clude stud­ies of present pop­u­la­tion, pro­jected pop­u­la­tion growth, and in­dus­trial growth pat­terns as well as set­ting up san­i­ta­tion dis­tricts for un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­ni­ties.

The Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s bud­get bal­anc­ing act that the gov­er­nor signed last week could be good news for Mid­Shore res­i­dents.

The newly bal­anced bud­get calls for a $35 mil­lion in­crease in mo­tor ve­hi­cle fees and saves more than $300 mil­lion in fed­eral high­way funds that could al­low the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion to con­tinue fund­ing the Kent Nar­rows draw­bridge, ac­cord­ing to Del. Ron­ald C. Franks, R-Queen Anne’s.

The ac­tion also in­creased the trans­porta­tion trust fund by $12 mil­lion that could fund a new and so­phis­ti­cated MedE­vac helicopter in Centreville and an­other one in South­ern Mary­land, Franks said Thurs­day. The old Bell Jet Ranger sin­gle­dengine he­li­copters are use at those bases now, but they are grounded at night and in bad weather.

• • • Sludge from seven Anne Arun­del County sewage treat­ment plants could soon be ap­plied as fer­til­izer at Pier One Marina on Kent Is­land, if ap­proved by state en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials. But lo­cal res­i­dents prob­a­bly won’t get an op­por­tu­nity to voice an opin­ion on the pro­posed sludge ap­pli­ca­tion.

Queen Anne’s County com­mis­sion­ers de­cided Tues­day not to hold a hear­ing be­cause peo­ple rarely show up. The county is not re­quired to hold a hear­ing ... but had in the past be­cause be­cause of public con­cern that is ap­par­ently dwin­dling now.

• • • The sky was blue, the grass was green, and the tem­per­a­tures were very, very hot Satur­day as sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered at what was once the his­toric “My Lord’s Gift” farm to cel­e­brate the open­ing of Queen­stown Har­bor Golf Links, the county’s only full-size public golf course.

The course has 18 holes ready to play and nine more are sched­uled to open this fall or early next spring. A putting green, chip­ping green and driv­ing range are also avail­able.

“We’re a public course, but we want to give peo­ple the qual­ity that they would get at a coun­try club,” said Trent Wright, the head PGA pro at Queen­stown.

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